Hizballah deploys chemical and biological weapons near Israeli border -
Arab, European sources
DEBKAfile Special Report
September 3, 2009,
Hizballah operative training with anti-chemical mask
The Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa reported Thursday, Sept. 3, that chemical weapons were stored in
the hidden Hizballah arms warehouse which blew up at Hirbet Salim near the Israeli border in
mid-July. Of the 11 Hizballah operatives killed in the blast, 3 died of chemical poisoning. Hizballah
denied any members had been killed or even that it maintains a weapons store in breach of UN
DEBKAfile disclosed at the time that the Lebanese terrorists had lost five men and more were
On July 21, we reported that the explosion heard on both sides of the border refuted Israeli
military claims that the Lebanese border was secure and revealed that the destroyed arms dump
was one of 35 Hizballah had lined up within 20 kilometers from the border. For this article, click
European intelligence sources reported on Sept. 1, that Hizballah had recently boosted its
military capabilities with a supply of chemical shells and short-range missiles with chemical
warheads and was about to receive biological weapons as well. One source said that the Lebanese
terrorist group is now one of the most sophisticated and best trained military forces in the Middle
East, describing them as "bad guys with good strategic vision."
The source quoted an Arab official as predicting that Hizballah is gearing up "for something
big" and there is little doubt that Iran and Syria will be helping them to obtain biological and
"You're going to be reporting a lot on Hizballah in the future," he said. "They already have
people on the ground in Europe and elsewhere. They are just waiting for orders to act - they are
not in a hurry."
Those WMD have already been delivered, according to al Siyassa. DEBKAfile's military sources
add that deliveries began some time ago. In the 2006 war in which Israel fought Hizballah,
chemical defense systems were discovered in the Lebanese group's bunkers and observation
Iran is close to producing its first nuclear bomb - US diplomat
September 9, 2009, 4:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
The US chief envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Glyn Davis, said Wednesday,
Sept. 9 that ongoing enrichment activity is moving Iran "closer to a dangerous and destabilizing
possible breakout capacity." Davis spoke of "serious concerns" in Washington that Iran is now
either very near or already has enough low-enriched uranium to produce one nuclear weapon.
This could happen if Iran made a decision to further enrich the material to weapons grade.
Monday, IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei said his watchdog agency was locked in a stalemate
with Iran and urged Tehran to "substantively re-engage" with the Vienna-based organization to
prove there are no military dimensions to its nuclear program.